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Shermhead

Fake News

Fake News  

61 members have voted

  1. 1. Is there fake news?

    • Yes, I believe there is some politically biased mainstream news channels
    • No, I believe mainstream news is legitimate and honest
    • I believe there's both honest and dishonest news, with some hiding their bias better than others
    • All mainstream news is bullsh*t
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Doctor Holliday
3 hours ago, Tyler said:

It's almost an insult, but I guess they're all dead anyway so who cares?

I mean, that's kind of the point, right? :lol:

Ultimately, our supposed intelligence and knowledge and wisdom is all relative to our time and place in history. If humanity survives another 2,000 years you can virtually guarantee that they will look back on us right now with the same air of superiority based on our ignorance of understandings that are yet to come.

 

Smart people and stupid people from hundreds of years ago are not much different than smart people and stupid people today. The only difference is what we consider to be verifiable facts for as long as they remain so. And when new information arrives that can update or replace those facts they will invariably evolve along with our perceived capacity to comprehend and integrate them into what we already know.

 

Give it enough time and everyone from the past eventually starts to look like a Caveman, regardless. The scary thing about this day and age is that suddenly there's a huge anti-intellectual movement being driven by an irrational distrust and disrespect for the established institutions of journalism, news media, and investigative reporting. Suddenly the "insult" is a badge of honor. Suddenly people refer to Ivy League graduates as a derogatory category of society. They think they're at war with the 'rich' or the 'elite...' and yet they're so utterly lost and drowning in the Fox News propaganda machine that they went ahead and voted for rich elite guy who will not do anything to help them.

 

For all of our pride and technology, future historians are going to look back on people living right now and decry our shameless ignorance and sheep-herd / group-think mentalities.

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2 hours ago, Doctor Holliday said:

The scary thing about this day and age is that suddenly there's a huge anti-intellectual movement being driven by an irrational distrust and disrespect for the established institutions of journalism, news media, and investigative reporting. Suddenly the "insult" is a badge of honor. Suddenly people refer to Ivy League graduates as a derogatory category of society. They think they're at war with the 'rich' or the 'elite...' and yet they're so utterly lost and drowning in the Fox News propaganda machine that they went ahead and voted for rich elite guy who will not do anything to help them.

And the funny part is that most of the on-air people at Fox News live pretty damn cushy lives. They are by no means the "Average Joes" that I've seen and heard some of their audience describing them as, and that some often describe or portray themselves as. They're basically elite themselves, but they know that calling everybody else "elities" and slamming those other guys for being as wealthy as they are is good for business and keeps their audiences glued to their shows. If anything, the real average joes at Fox News are many of the people working behind the scenes. I read a book written by a former employee who noted that the pay was terrible compared to the same positions at other places, despite how much money Fox News actually has.

 

I did meet a local news journalist last year who described their experience in covering a Trump event, and they said that they never had so many insults, boos and thinly-veiled threats directed towards their crew at any similar political events they've covered in the past, including many Republican events and events for Trump's GOP opponents at the time. While obviously not everybody is like this, I think that too many people are still starting to view anybody who doesn't have ties to Fox News or other Trump-supporting outlets as "fake news," even if it's random local news stations.

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Triple Vacuum Seal
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Luckily, those who watch Fox News, CNN, and other television news juggernauts already have one foot in the grave and should croak within the next 20 years or so.  The average viewer is in their 60s and Fox New's audience is even older.  The personalities and anchors are only young because showbiz is all about sex appeal.

 

On the flip side, the most popular internet media alternatives are just as mind-numbing.

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Of course TV and radio aren't what they used to be and both have an aging audience (who even knows what's going to happen to those industries once most of the audiences are basically gone in about 30 years, I feel like a lot of the programming is just going to shift to their websites and become free streams like how Sky News has), but a lot of young people and people who actually know how to use the internet and have electronic devices to access the web equivalents of these shows (basically, people who aren't senior citizens or stodgy old people) visit them all the time regardless, so it's not like the issue of misleading, biased or outright fake news will save itself thanks to the internet. It's just going to continue.

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